Congratulations to summer 2015 graduates

OPS TLA Math in the Middle Cohort 1 - graduated August 15, 2015
OPS TLA Math in the Middle Cohort 1 - graduated August 15, 2015

Congratulations to the 42 Nebraska teachers who will earn master's degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on Aug. 15, in part as a result of their participation in NebraskaMATH or the Nebraska Math and Science Summer Institutes. Three pre-service mathematics teachers also graduated with a Master of Arts in Mathematics Teaching.

Twenty-five of the 42 teachers completed the Math in the Middle program through the Omaha Public Schools Teacher Leader Academy and will earn a Master of Arts for Teachers (MAT) from the Department of Mathematics. These OPS teachers are: Wade Anderson (Indian Hill), Sondra Bravo (Catlin Magnet), James Cattau (Belle Ryan), Ty Copsey (Prairie Wind), Doni Coulter (Saddlebrook), Maggie Douglas (Wilson Focus), Tom Gamble (Wilson Focus), Hannah Holguin (Bryan Middle), RJ Kammandel (McMillan Magnet), Mariel Kloppenborg (Lewis and Clark), Tricia Krause (Rose Hill), Lindsay Larsen (Indian Hill), Tracy Larson (Alice Buffett Magnet), Kristy Lee (R M Marrs Magnet), Dawn McKain (Alice Buffett Magnet), Kenzi Medeiros (Lewis and Clark), Molly Mertz (Lewis and Clark), Karen Mohrbutter (McMillan Magnet), Jennifer Olsen (Alice Buffett Magnet), Heather Osborne (Prairie Wind), Julie Preston (McMillan Magnet), Amy Smith (R M Marrs Magnet), Amy Swartzendruber (Indian Hill), Heather Waddell (Alice Buffett Magnet) and Ginny Yuhas (TAC).

An additional five OPS teachers will earn their MAT degree through the OPS New Teacher Network or NMSSI programs: Erin Carder (Burke High), Duncan Davidson (Burke High), Kim McCoy (Bryan High) and Scott Rice (Central) and Alexandra Sitko (Burke High).

Nine secondary teachers from across the state also will earn their MAT, through a combination of the NebraskaMATH NSF-funded New Teacher Network and the NMSSI. They are: Stefanie Edwards (Broken Bow), Carol Goans (Lincoln Southeast), Lindsey Harders (GI Northwest), Emily Kroenke (Papillion-La Vista South), Tony Jacobsen (Crete), Sam Robb (Twin River), Emily Romkema (Santee), Keith Schroetlin (Wisner-Pilger) and April Sypal (David City Aquinas), plus a community college instructor and former K-12 teacher Melissa Kosch (Central Community College).

Two elementary teachers who previously completed Primarily Math will receive a Master of Arts degree from the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education: Andrew Boone (Thomas Elementary in Gretna) and Dana Henry (St. Paul).

The three MAmt graduates will start teaching this fall at the following schools: Marta Bukowski (Dawes Middle School, Lincoln), Clint Pettit (Omaha North High) and Lydia Wingfield (Lincoln North Star High).

Two NebraskaMATH leaders also will earn their doctorate degrees on Aug. 15. Lincoln High coordinator Darla Kelberlau-Berks, a Noyce Master Teacher and Math in the Middle graduate who helps teach NebraskaMATH courses, receives an Ed.D. and Elizabeth Cunningham, who taught several courses for Primarily Math, earns a Ph.D. and will teach at the University of Michigan in Flint.

We are proud of your accomplishments!